Highlights of the American Rockies

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Duration: 14 nights
Type: Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade: 2
from £5,899pp £5,849pp

Join us on an epic journey through the rugged Rocky Mountains, a wild frontier where wolves, bears, and majestic bison roam freely, while bald eagles command the skies above. Follow in the footsteps of America's early pioneers and Wild West icons like Buffalo Bill as we traverse the magnificent American Rockies from the sparkling lakes and snowy peaks of Colorado and Wyoming to the red-hued rocky landscapes of Utah. Along this epic route, prepare to be wowed by a knockout line up of national parks including Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone. And for a real memory maker, we’ll witness the legendary Old Faithful volcanic geyser shooting boiling water high into the air, and marvel at the kaleidoscopic hues of the mineral-rich Grand Prismatic Springs.

What you’ll love

  • Exploring the incredible landscapes of the American Rockies
  • Spotting some of the world’s most majestic wildlife including moose, bear, bison, wolves, osprey, and bald eagles
  • Visiting the USA's most iconic national parks including Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton &Yellowstone
  • Soaking up awe-inspiring scenery on guided walks
  • Marvelling at geysers and thermal springs

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by a local HF Holidays Leader
  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation
  • Half-board (13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 6 evening meals)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Tips
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Upon arrival, we'll transfer to our conveniently located hotel near the airport. The remainder of the day is yours to unwind and relax after your journey. 


Distance: 3 miles (5 km) 

Ascent/Descent: 150m 

Today, we'll delve into the wonders of Denver and its surroundings. Our itinerary includes exploring the dinosaur tracks at Morrison, marveling at the iconic Red Rocks Theatre, visiting the charming town of Golden, and paying homage to Buffalo Bill at his grave, all while soaking in the panoramic views of the plains. Later, we'll stroll through downtown Denver, admiring its historic landmarks and enjoying a delightful dinner. 


Drive Time: 2 hours 

Distance: 8 miles (13 km) 

Ascent/Descent: 100m 

Leaving the plains behind, we embark on a scenic drive towards the majestic Rocky Mountains. Our destination is Grand Lake, a historic mining town turned holiday retreat, nestled amidst towering peaks and the pristine waters of Colorado's largest natural lake. We'll explore Ranger Meadows and the shores of Shadow Mountain Reservoir, keeping an eye out for osprey, eagles, and perhaps even bears. 


Duration: 4-6 miles downhill from Visitor Centre 

Drive Time: Approximately 1-2 hours 

Our morning adventure is dedicated to spotting elk. Depending on the season, we'll trek along the Ute Trail above the tree line or explore lower elevations in search of these majestic creatures. 


Lulu City Trail: 4 miles (6 km)  

Ascent/Descent: 400ft 

Drive Time: 6 hours 

Today, we'll wander along the scenic Lulu City Trail, keeping our eyes peeled for moose amidst the stunning landscape. Later, we'll depart Grand Lake for the charming mountain town of Lander, Wyoming. 


Drive Time: 5 ½ hours, 300 miles 

We'll embark on a scenic drive to West Yellowstone, enjoying the breathtaking vistas of Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone along the way. 


Distance: 3 miles approx. 

Ascent/Descent: 1000 ft 

Today is dedicated to immersing ourselves in the natural wonders of Yellowstone National Park. We'll spend the day exploring highlights, such as Lamar Valley, Tower Roosevelt, and the captivating terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. Along the way, we'll embark on a guided wolf-watching excursion and marvel at the ancient Fossil Forest. 


Distance: 5 miles approx. 

Ascent/Descent: Minimal 

This morning, we bid farewell to West Yellowstone and venture south to uncover the park's geothermal wonders. Our itinerary includes visits to North Geyser Basin, the vibrant hues of Grand Prismatic Springs, and the iconic eruptions of Old Faithful. Expect a day filled with awe-inspiring boardwalk hikes and wildlife sightings amidst the park's unpredictable beauty.  


Distance: 3-5 miles 

Ascent/Descent: 550 ft. 

We embark on a scenic drive to Grand Teton National Park, where we'll spend the day exploring the breathtaking landscapes surrounding Jenny Lake. Enjoy a ferry ride across the pristine waters, followed by a self-guided hike to Inspiration Point. Along the way, we'll make a stop at the historic Mormon Row.  


Distance: 4 miles 

Ascent/Descent: 500 ft. 

We kick off the day with an early ascent via gondola to the summit of Grand Teton, treating ourselves to panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. Our descent follows the scenic Wildflower Trail, offering glimpses of vibrant blooms against the rugged mountain backdrop. Later, we embark on a drive to Salt Lake City, covering approximately 300 miles over 5 hours.


Drive time: 5 hours 

Distance: 2.5 miles 

Ascent/Descent: Minimal 

Today's journey takes us through the stunning Uintah Mountain range en route to Moab. We'll pause in Green River for lunch before continuing our drive, with stops for short hikes at Canyonlands National Park. Highlights include Mesa Arch and Grand View overlook. 

 


Distance: 5 miles 

Ascent/Descent: 480 ft 

Prepare for a day of adventure as we explore the captivating landscapes of Moab. Our itinerary includes hikes through Arches National Park, where we'll marvel at iconic formations such as Delicate Arch and traverse the scenic Windows Trail.  


We embark on a scenic drive from Moab to Denver via I-70, with opportunities for a walking city tour upon arrival and free time in the evening to unwind and reflect on our unforgettable journey. 


As our adventure comes to a close, we bid farewell to Denver and depart for the airport, carrying with us memories to last a lifetime. 


Element Hotel Downtown Denver

The Element Hotel Downtown Denver offers sleek and stylish rooms that put you in the heart of the city. Unwind on the rooftop patio, stay active in the fitness centre, and savour tasty meals from the contemporary re:Mix restaurant. Located in the Golden Triangle Art District the hotel is right around the corner from the Colorado Convention centre, Cherry Creek Shopping Centre, plus plenty of bars and restaurants.

Spirit Lake Lodge

Experience rustic charm and lakeside tranquillity at Spirit Lake Lodge. This welcoming family-run resort is just a 15-minute drive from Rocky Mountain National Park and sits a stone’s throw from the waters of Grand Lake and a cluster of bars, shops, and restaurants. Surrounded by the Black Hills, cozy cabins and suites offer modern amenities alongside breathtaking views.

Rodeway Inn Pronghorn Lodge

Nestled against the backdrop of the stunning Wind River Mountains, the Rodeway Inn in Lander, offers a convenient and inviting retreat for travellers exploring the rugged beauty of Wyoming. Each room provides a cozy sanctuary after a day of adventure, featuring modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and plush bedding. Outside, you can relax in the hot tub or enjoy a drink on the deck overlooking the Popo Agie River. Above all, the hotel is perfectly placed to explore nearby Grand Teton National Park.

Clubhouse Inn West Yellowstone

The perfect choice for exploring Yellowstone National Park, the Clubhouse Inn is just an hour’s drive from natural wonders including Old Faithful volcanic geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring. Rooms are simply styled but come with everything you need for a rejuvenating stay. As for facilities, there’s an accessible indoor pool plus a restaurant serving breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.

Quality Inn Jackson

Recently renovated, the Quality Inn provides ideal accommodation for our visit to Grand Teton National Park. Perched on the edge of Jackson Hole, it sits at the foot of the steep slopes of Saddle Butte, but within strolling distance of the town square and numerous dining options. Relaxing is made easy as the hotel features an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness centre. All rooms come equipped with a TV, a refrigerator, and coffee-making facilities.

Crystal Inn Salt Lake City

Whether The Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites in Salt Lake City ensures a memorable stay in Utah's vibrant capital. Located minutes from downtown, the hotel offers spacious rooms with modern amenities and a complimentary breakfast. Guests can also make use of the fitness centre or indoor pool area complete with hot tub and sauna.

Moab Valley Inn

Located within easy reach of Moab’s amenities, the Moab Valley Inn has comfortable, spacious rooms with all mod cons. Designed with relaxation in mind, facilities include an indoor/outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a fitness room, and picnic area. 

Essential information

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels, we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum.

These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. We advise being prepared for all weather conditions, but you’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and non-slip soles and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light-coloured shirts for the possibility of winter-weather days
  • Walking poles

We recommend wearing walking boots on all our walks, as these provide the best ankle support and grip. Modern ‘approach shoes’ offer appropriate levels of grip and may be worn on some low-level walks, but users should be aware that they offer less ankle support. Lightweight trainers are not recommended for any walks.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff, hat and gloves; small torch/head torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets; hand sanitiser 

Essentials

  • Passport (and copies)
  • Booking confirmation
  • Insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form.

 Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

 Optional extras

  • Camera
  • Umbrella
  • Binoculars
  • High energy food bars
  • Swimming costume and towel
  • Small Tupperware box and sandwich bags for picnic lunches
  • Walking sandals

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised prices listed below show the lowest economy flight price option for that departure. On holidays where we offer local UK airports, details will appear in the “Important Information” section below and available alternative flight options will be offered when you book. Seating upgrades may be available on request and at an additional charge, please call 020 3974 8865 for a quote.

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2025

08 Jun - 22 Jun 2025

14 nights

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08 Jun - 22 Jun 2025

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  • Single room supplement: £85 per night
Duration:
14 nights
Type:
Worldwide walking holidays
Walking Grade:
2

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